Judge: Gay Softball League Can Limit Number Of Straight Players

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Is it a 21st-century Constitutional battle or age-old discrimination in reverse?

A federal judge in Seattle ruled this week that a homosexual softball organization can limit the number of heterosexual players on each team.

The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) oversees gay softball leagues in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and dozens of other U.S. cities, in addition to running an annual tournament called the Gay Softball World Series.

Three men claim in a lawsuit that their team’s second-place finish in the 2008 tournament in Washington state was nullified because they are bisexual — not gay — and thus their team exceeded the limit of two non-gay players.

U.S. District Judge John Coughenour ruled that the organization has a First Amendment right to limit the number of heterosexual players.

However, the judge did say that questions remain about the way the softball association applied its rule, and so the case can proceed.

The NAGAAA bills itself as an “organization that promotes amateur sports competition, particularly softball, for all persons regardless of age, sexual orientation or preference” on its website.

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  • Art Hernandea

    Amen !

  • Kyle

    Discrimination? As in ‘marriage discrimination?”

    • Saber 1

      You get your pole smoked at each base.

    • toby

      Gay people would sue if they did not receive their french fries with their big mac.

  • BlondGuy

    Why would a Non-Gay person want to play on a Gay team?

    • TOBY

      Why would a gay person want to play on a non-gay team. Because the gay person knows that he can make a quick buck by fileing a lawsuit if they say he or she is not good enough to make the team.

  • George

    Gay Softball League Can Limit Number Of Straight Players but if a straight softball league ever tried to limit the number of gay players, they’d be sued by the ACLU, and protested to the point of not being able to play, and forced by the court to take as many gay players as want to play.

    More of the double standard in this country where if you’re NOT part of a minority, you’re discriminated against…by our government.

  • mister s

    I support gay rights, right to get married, right to not be discriminated against……… but this is just stupid.

    • Saber 1

      Your a pole smoker fudge packer.

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  • Kevin

    How would they know if you were gay or not? Is there a test or something. Does this mean a straight person would be in the closet. This whole thing is just ridiculous.

  • Jacob

    As a gay man, I can UNDERSTAND why they would want to limit the number of non-gay players on the team. I DON’T AGREE with the ruling, but I UNDERSTAND why they would want to limit.
    Gay softball leagues serve two purposes:
    1. To provide a place to meet other gays with similar interests.
    2. To provide a place free of ignorant people like Toby to allow gays to play a sport they enjoy. People like Toby make minority leagues a necessity.

  • ArmyStud

    I am GAY, I would never EVER, EVER EVER play on a Gay softball team too much DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA AND DRAMA!!!!!!

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